by Jean Tower

I have been adding links to resources to my Cybersafety page for my school district, so I decided to share those links here.

Safety Safety

Cybersafety Resources for Parents and Teachers

CyberSmart! fosters 21st century skills to increase student engagement and prepare students to achieve in today’s digital society.

The Internet Keep Safe Coalition is a broad partnership of governors and/or first spouses, attorneys general, public health and educational professionals, law enforcement, and industry leaders working together for the health and safety of youth online.

Internet Safety and You
This site is a resource provided by the Virginia Department of Education and the ooffice of the Attorney General of Virgina to help students protect themselves online.

iSafe Education
i-SAFE is a non-profit foundation whose mission is to educate and empower youth to make their Internet experiences safe and responsible.

NetSmartz Workshop is an interactive, educational program of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children that provides age-appropriate resources to help teach children how to be safer on- and offline.

Stay Safe Online
This site is hosted by the National Cyber Security Alliance to educate and empower a digital society to use the Internet safely and securely.

WiredSafety is registered non-profit organization dedicated to cybersafety and run entirely by volunteers.

Cyberbullying: Understanding and Addressing Online Cruelty
This site offers a curriculum from the Anti-Defamation League for early, middle, and upper grades on the bigotry that fuels cyberbullying.

Middle School Cyberbullying Curriculum from the Seattle Public Schools
This site was developed by the Seattle Public Schools with a Grant from Qwest Foundation.

Connect Safely is a project of Tech Parenting Group, registered nonprofit organization. This site is designed for parents, teens and educators to learn about the safe and civil use of Web 2.0 tools and social networking in particular. This site has many social-media safety tips and other resources.

Facebook Privacy Advice

Facebook For Parents

A Thin Line
“The Web and cell phones help us communicate, connect and learn in ways we never could before, but they’ve also forever changed how we interact with others. Things we used to share in person – and in private – can now be broadcast to thousands, instantly. Sometimes we type things we would never say to someone’s face. As a result, new issues like forced sexting, textual harassment and cyberbullyiing have emerged, which now affect a majority of young people in the U.S.”
This site was developed to help deal with digital abuse. The stated goal is to help individuals draw their own digital line.

Ryan’s Story
In memory of Ryan Patrick Halligan 1989 – 2003
Ryan Hallighan committed suicide on October 7, 2003, at 13 years old. At the time of his death, Ryan was a student at a middle school in Essex Junction, Vermont. It was revealed in much greater detail after Ryan’s death that he was ridiculed and humiliated by peers at school and online.
John Halligan, Ryans’ father, spearheaded the Vermont Bully Prevention bill and speaks widely about the topic. This site has resources about preventing cyberbullying and suicide.

Anti-Bullying Resources for Parents and Teachers

Bullying in Schools and What to Do About It
Dr. Ken Rigby is a leading authority on bullying and peer victimization with more than 100 refereed papers and other publications. His book “Bullying in Schools and What to do About it” is regarded as a standard text. This site has many valuable resources.

The Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center
The Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center (MARC) is housed at Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts. They bring low- or no-cost services to K-12 education, law enforcement, and other professional caregivers for children in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Their services include school programs, conferences, workshops, consultation, and research, in the area of bullying prevention, cyberbullying education and prevention, and violence prevention.
MARC was founded and is directed by Dr. Elizabeth Englander, a professor of Psychology at the University, and an expert in the field.

Olweus Bullying Prevention Program
This site is hosted by the Hazelden Foundation, and posts information about The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program. This is a program designed make schools safer through improved peer relations. They offer training programs across the country and many materials. Neither the training nor the materials are free.

Stop Cyberbullying
The information on this site is delivered in the following modules:
## What is it? ## Spot it ## Report it ## Prevent it ##
On the first screen there is a quiz about cyberbullying that can be used both as a pre-assessment as well as a post-assessment.
They also provide the resources listed below as sources that they used.

Cyber Bullying Statistics Rules about Technology Use Cyberbullying to Law Enforcement

Massachusetts Anti-Bullying Law

An Act Relative to Bullying in Schools
On May 3, 2010 Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed SB2404, An Act Relative to Bullying in Schools into law. The law defines bullying, cyberbullying, hostile environment, “perpetrator” and “victim”. It mandates that schools prohibit bullying and have a prevention and intervention plan. This is a link to the actual text of that law.

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